Documents Sealed in Priest Abuse Case
Judge Cites Privacy of Alleged Victims

August 18, 2006

Chicago -- A Cook County judge has sealed hundreds of pages of state documents related to child sex abuse allegations against a Chicago priest.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had asked the criminal judge if its documents were relevant in the case against the Rev. Daniel McCormack.

DCFS officials had expressed concern about revealing sensitive information about juveniles if the documents were made more widely available.

Thursday, Judge Thomas Sumner put a protective seal on the papers -- prohibiting anyone not directly involved in the case from seeing them.

McCormack is charged with five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in the alleged fondling of five boys at Catholic schools and churches on the city's West Side.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.


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